I’m very excited to introduce a special guest to you today, Drake from Mary Abshire’s Soul Catcher Series. For those of you who haven’t yet read the first book, Claiming the Evil Dead, the series features half-demon Jessie Garrett, who has the ability to send evil beings to hell by sucking out their souls.
Book 2 in the series, Catching an Evil Tail, was recently released by Noble Romance Publishing. In honor of that release I thought we’d do something fun by interviewing Drake, Jessie’s vampire lover and all-around stud. So here goes:
Me: So tell us a bit about yourself, Drake.
Drake: During my mortal years, I was a great warrior. I hate to admit it, but I killed people. Someone struck me in a battle and left me for dead. A man named Thomas found me and asked me if I wanted to live forever. I misunderstood him and said yes. I died eight hundred and forty-two years ago when I was twenty-seven.
The first century of my rebirth was difficult. Thomas was not a good mentor to me. I finally realized that I didn’t have to kill or steal to survive. I changed my wicked ways and decided to become a defender of human life. I joined an organization called the VETOV, Vampires for the Ethical Treatment of Other Vampires. I now seek out those vampires who steal innocent lives and bring them to justice. And I found someone very special that can help me.
Me: Do you have any special abilities?
Drake: I have excellent senses. My blood and saliva can help heal mortal wounds. I also have superior strength.
Me: I know you’re a vampire, so what are your feeding habits like?
Drake: I prefer to feed from my girlfriend. But since she is not around currently, I must resort to feeding from strangers. I can last a week between feedings if I have to, but I prefer to quench my thirst every two to three days. The longest I have went without substance was three weeks. I don’t recommend it.
Me: What’s your favorite pastime?
Drake: Before I met my girlfriend, I spent all my time working—looking for vampires. Now that I have Jessie, I want to spend all my time with her. As soon as I can get away from the VETOV, I plan to return to her and take time away from work.
Me: Tell us about the first time you saw Jessie. What did you think about her?
Drake: I knew from the moment I saw her in Louisiana that she was special. Her beauty and the way she smiled captivated me. I followed her into the swamps and discovered she was a demon who could send souls to hell—not just any soul though. Only evil souls. I knew then that I had to meet her.
Me: What’s your favorite thing about Jessie?
Drake: Finding one favorite thing about Jessie is a challenge. She’s smart, beautiful, spunky, passionate, funny, and honest. She comes across as a strong and tough woman, but she really is a very loving and compassionate person. I can’t think of one thing I don’t like about Jessie. On second thought, I dislike it when she makes deals with that demon friend of hers.
Me: A vampire, a demon and a werewolf get into a brawl. Who wins and why?
Drake: It would depend on the demon. Some of them have extraordinary powers. Werewolves are one of the weaker species. I don’t fear claws and fangs.
Me: Okay, so how do you really feel about Jeremy, the demon who has the hots for Jessie?
Drake: I’d like to rip him to shreds. I cannot stand the demon. He is selfish and arrogant. He tempts her and because she is half-demon, I fear she will succumb to his power and strength.
Me: Anything else we should know about you?
Drake: I am not your typical vampire. I am one of the good guys and I defend human life. I gave up killing centuries ago. I want the world to realize that not all vampires are evil or killers.
Blurb for Catching an Evil Tail:
Half-demon Jessie Garrett wants to live a normal life among her friends and keep her soul catching ability a secret, but supernatural creatures keep popping up in her world. Adding to her struggles, her vampire lover remains out of the country, and when he offers no valuable explanation as to why he hasn’t returned, she wonders if she should move on without him.
As if Jessie doesn’t have enough worries on her mind, the demon yearning to seduce her shows up at her home. She longs to liberate herself from the debt she owes him, and when he asks for her help, she jumps at the chance to make a new deal with him—one that will guarantee her freedom. The only catch? She has to send the soul of a werewolf to hell.
Love, trust, and loyalty are on the line. Torn between her feelings for her vampire boyfriend, a hot Alpha wolf, and a demon vowing to protect her, Jessie must figure out her heart’s true desires.
Excerpt: Jeremy held a look of intense abhorrence and revulsion. I’d seen the look before when he was around Drake. If we were in Vegas, I’d bet my wages Jeremy despised Alan as much as he despised Drake.
"Jer, I’m not your girlfriend or your property." I shook my head. "I know he’s interested in me, and I can handle him."
"Can you? Or shall I inform your blood-sucking boyfriend what’s going on here?"
I exploded like a firecracker, swinging my arm and slapping my palm across his face. Jeremy’s head jerked to the side from the force of my blow. Before my next breath, Ryan locked his arms around my ribs and lifted me off the ground.
"You’re a motherfucker, Jeremy, and I hate you!" I shouted as Ryan lugged me away from Jeremy. My hand stung, and I hoped his face felt equally painful.
“You need to calm down." Ryan planted my feet on the ground.
He stood in front of me, blocking me from Jeremy. I peered around him.
Jeremy held his hand to his face where I slapped him. Meeting my eyes, he laughed. "God damn, honey! I think you gave me a hard-on."
I lunged forward. Ryan grabbed my arms and restrained me. "Jessie, he’s riling you up."
"The asshole never stops riling me up," I said. "You’re going to hell one day, Jeremy, and I can’t wait to send you."
"Honey, I can’t wait for you to send me." He walked toward me, wearing a wicked smile. Half his face was bright red, making me proud of my achievement.
Stopping two feet in front of me with Ryan still holding me back, Jeremy stared directly into my eyes. "And after I’ve made a deal with your dear old dad, the devil, I’m going to have you for all eternity. You can count on it."
If you’re looking for a fun new read, checking out the Soul Catcher series:
Buy link for Catching an Evil Tail: https://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=244
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Okay, so here’s a question for you. When you think of vampires what comes to mind? Do you automatically think ‘cold-blooded killer’? Or maybe ‘smoking hot lover’? Inquiring minds want to know!